Supports that Augment School-Day Learning
In addition to programs and services offered during the regular school day, parents may also be guided to consider other supports and offerings that can help their child succeed. School Liaisons should become familiar with the options offered for the full range of student ages throughout the community. These include:
School Web sites, directories, and information boards on school grounds provide a portrait of the activities students are provided to grow and develop. Schools may have special programs and activities to welcome and involve new military-connected students. Occasionally, schools partner with outside organizations to provide extracurricular activities.
The Resources section of this module includes a listing for military-sponsored tutoring services. Students in Title I schools that are in need of improvement for 2 years under ESEA are eligible for free tutoring services, called Supplemental Education Service (SES) programs. Information about SES enrollment can be found through the local school, and a list of approved SES providers is available through the state education office. In addition, fee-for service tutoring programs are often advertised in local newspapers or community directories.
All service branches offer afterschool programs for military-connected students (also listed in the Resources section in this module). However, families, especially those living far from the installation, may prefer to send their children to the local school or community’s afterschool programs. Information about these services can usually be found at the local school and through community directories of programs. When helping parents choose quality programs, it is important to consider the qualifications of staff, the structure of the program, and to discuss its relative quality with other parents.
An active parent group at a school can sometimes mean that families have more input into the operations and offerings of a school. For a newly relocating military family, this can also mean better support systems to guide the child’s experience. Some installations have created parent groups of military families to provide mutual support on issues related to education.